Tisbury: Peter Luce Play Readers

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Thanks for your concern. My husband is now home after a week in our wonderful hospital. He is still recovering; pneumonia is a harsh disease. The timing was good because he was in a safe, warm place during the snowstorm.

I had not thought about it, but did know there was a nasty cold going around this season. I am sorry to say that it took me a couple of weeks to get rid of it. It is a virus, which probably means that if I had washed my hands more often and more carefully, I might not have had that problem.

My mother would have said that it was because I didn’t wear a heavy coat on the warmer days we had last week. I am easily convinced that when the day looks sunny the temperature is really going to be warmer than it is. So I left my warm gloves in the car and my hat in the house, and couldn’t find them when needed on the next really cold day.

The Peter Luce Play Readers will perform staged readings of two one-act plays by Christopher Durang on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 5:30 pm at the Vineyard Haven library. The plays are “Death Comes to Us All, Mary Agnes” and “The Actor’s Nightmare.” The free performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library, and refreshments will be served. Doors open at 5 pm.

Have you ever thought about being a foster parent? There will be a program on foster parenting at the Vineyard Haven library on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 1 to 2:30 pm. Kara Hemingway, foster care recruiter, will present an introduction to foster parenting in Massachusetts. Learn the requirements, training, and support services. For more, call 508-894-3957 or kara.hemingway@state.ma.us.

Just once it would be nice if a new president simply announced that we did not have to do our taxes this year. Yes, I know. It would just mean that the next year there would be a large bill with interest charged, so I had better get back to working on the taxes.

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services offers an eight-week program to help parents improve a child’s problem-solving skills, encouraging the child to think for her/himself. This begins Friday, Jan. 20, at 11:30 am at the Martha’s Vineyard Family Center. There is also a Family Zumba Party from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Island Wide Youth Collaborative. Then there is a support group for parents raising a child age 8 or under with special needs. Dinner and childcare are provided for this on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the M.V. Family Center. More about all of these at mvcommunityservices.com/events. All of the events are free, and no registration is necessary.

Laurisa Rich wants to know what you think: Are mopeds dangerous? Are you concerned about the rental mopeds on our Island? If you want to learn more, she invites you to hear the report of the Mopeds are Dangerous Action Committee at the meeting of the Oak Bluffs board of selectmen on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 4:30 pm, downstairs in the Oak Bluffs Library.

I remember the last time Dr. Charles Clayton was run off the road while riding a moped to the hospital in summer traffic. His was not a rental. Nor was it the first time he was forced off the road; this “accident” was caused by two local young men in a pickup truck.

I’d be happier if those who oppose mopeds did not stir up such animosity in Island residents. Those are the same people who have run innocent bicyclists off our Island roads, evidently not realizing that cyclists have the same rights to use the public road as auto drivers. The same is true for moped riders.

I will admit that moped riders should probably have a special license or at least get some kind of training. I understand that people in the Virgin Islands ride mopeds all the time without horrendous results. Perhaps a speed limit for mopeds would help. Though accidents do happen, I believe it is always the responsibility of any rider or driver to take proper care on the public roads.

Find out more about three helpful programs coming up for older citizens, called “A Matter of Balance,” “My Life, My Health,” and “Powerful Tools for Caregivers.” Attendees will receive a fall-risk reduction kit for wintry weather. Martha’s Vineyard Partnership for Health offers this free one-hour introductory session on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 1 pm at the Tisbury Senior Center. Sign up at 508-627-5797, ext. 114, or email ksamways@ihimv.org.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Patti Linn, one of the sweetest people I know. On Saturday, wish the best to Cathy Deese, Anne Downing, and Susie Thurber.

Heard on Main Street: Grownups know that little things do matter.